Magazine article Anglican Journal

Acceptance Is a Hard Battle for Female Diocesan Official

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Acceptance Is a Hard Battle for Female Diocesan Official

Article excerpt

There was a village in Tanzania where the people made an urgent appeal to the Anglican diocese of Ruaha for a medical clinic. Along came diocesan development coordinator Christine Kilipamwambu, who surveyed the situation and concluded that the need for a clinic would largely be eliminated if there were a good supply of clean, fresh water.

There was water in the hills, some distance away, but first villagers had to be convinced that it was safe to explore the hills, long thought to be the home of evil spirits. And before Ms Kilipamwambu could personally show them that it was safe, she had to convince them that she, a woman, could make the trek up there with the men of the village.

The anecdote is illustrative of the complex problems Ms Kilipamwambu faces every time she identifies a problem to be solved. First comes the task of convincing the people that they have the power and the ability to tackle a difficult task and to better themselves. Then comes the no less difficult challenge of convincing the people that they ought to follow her, a mere woman.

"Some of the people I have worked with have come to accept me because they have seen the quality of my work and the results," she explains. …

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